White-Footed Ant

Technomyrmex albipes

White-footed ant colonies can grow to monumental sizes, often reaching two to three million individuals — making them incredibly difficult to control.

White-Footed Ant
Color Dark body, usually black; pale yellow tarsi at end of legs
Legs 6
Shape One node segment, flattened & hidden under abdomen; uneven thorax
Size 1/8"
Antennae False

White-Footed Ant Habits

White-footed ants establish well-defined, easy-to-find foraging trails outside infested buildings. Trails commonly follow structural guidelines, such as edges of sidewalks, edges of brick buildings, ledges and soffit corners. Foragers often move into buildings from trees and shrubs touching walls or roofs. Once inside, workers forage along baseboards above and below carpet edges. White-footed ants also prefer sweets. Outdoors, they feed on honeydew and tend aphids, mealy bugs and scales.

Where Do White-Footed Ants Nest?

These ants like to nest in dead wood, but will also invade and short out air conditioners and other devices. They nest in piles of lumber, firewood, stones, bricks, trash and heavy vegetation near foundations or in trees. Indoors, they nest in wall voids, potted plants and atriums. A single colony can encompass many sites, both close by and far away from a single nest. These extended colonies exchange workers, brood and food.

Do White-Footed Ants Have Wings?

In swarm season, some white-footed ants have wings that are used to help them branch out and create new colonies.

What Do White-Footed Ants Eat?

Strongly attracted to sweet food, they’ll also eat dead insects or other protein.

How to Identify a White-Footed Ant

The best way to identify a white-footed ant is by looking at the tarsi (section at end of the legs) are very light yellow or yellowish-white in color. This is what makes it look like they have white feet.

Signs You Have a White-Footed Ant Infestation

You can spot a white-footed ant infestation by seeing trails of ants going to and from nesting sites. They can also be seen in moist environments like decaying trees, in old termite galleries, under roof shingles, or in or near skylights, kitchens, and bathrooms.

How to Prevent a White-Footed Ant Infestation

White-footed ants are tough to get rid of, so prevention is key. Make sure to seal up any cracks and crevices these ants could use to get inside your home. Because these ants are so motivated by sweet things, it is important to keep all household foods stored in tight containers and out of reach.

How to Remove a White-Footed Ant Infestation

Unlike most ants, this ant species doesn’t regurgitate or share food, so toxic baits are only useful to kill the ones that eat it. Be sure to spray all outdoor crevices around your home. Indoors, use insecticide dust.

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